Postdoctoral Associate

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Postdoctoral Associate-1802456

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):

A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering or related fields. Demonstrated skills in conducting experiments and a good publication records. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, be willing to take direction and work well in a team setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in molten salts, electrochemistry, corrosion science and/or materials for nuclear energy applications is a plus. Experience in synchrotron methods, including but not limited to transmission x-ray microscopy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES/EXAFS) and x-ray diffraction. Experience in designing, fabricating and/or carrying out experiments with in situ experiments at synchrotron facilities or on other types sophisticated instrumentation would be a plus. Experience in theoretical or modeling work or related fields is a plus, e.g. phase field simulation, DFT, MD, LBM or other related methods. Experience in using glovebox and assembling cells in glovebox environments. Experience in programming in Python, C/C++, and/or Matlab. Experience in using CAD 3D design software e.g. SolidWorks, AutoCAD or other similar software. Experience in other materials characterization techniques e.g. SEM, TEM, FIB-SEM, rheology, XPS, SAXS, DLS, Zeta Potential Analyzer. Experience in metals, transport phenomena and/or 3D printing.

Brief Description of Duties: We seek a strong candidate to join the project funded by the Department of Energy for the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC): “Molten Salts in Extreme Environments”. The center’s mission is to Provide a fundamental understanding of molten salt bulk and interfacial chemistry that will establish robust principles underpinning molten salt reactor technology. Molten salt technology will be critical for the next generation in nuclear energy, but also has a broader impact in other areas such as solar energy technology. The candidate will be responsible to design and conduct experiments to study the kinetics and mechanism in the interactions between metals and alloys with the molten salts. The Chen-Wiegart Research Group at the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering of Stony Brook University is a group of enthusiastic material scientists who are devoted to bring positive impacts to the society via our innovative research, dedication in education and passion to serve. We are specialized in using cutting-edge synchrotron X-ray characterization methods to understand the morphological, chemical and structural evolution of novel functional materials. With a range of materials processing and analysis tools, we are pushing the forefront of the materials research in metallic nano-structure, energy storage, additive manufacturing, surface treatment and cultural heritage. Prof. Y.-c. Karen Chen-Wiegart is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University. She also holds a Joint Appointment at the National Synchrotron Light Source – II, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and serves on the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) Users' Executive Committee at BNL. She obtained her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Materials Science and Engineering, in collaboration with the Argonne National Laboratory. She received NSF CAREER Award. She and her group members are currently part of two Energy Frontier Research Centers: “Molten Salts in Extreme Environments” and “Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties (m2M)”, funded by the DOE. Candidate will have the opportunity to utilize the extensive resources at BNL for both standard and advanced in situ and operando characterization, including use of National Synchrotron Light Source – II (NSLS-II) and Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) capabilities, to study the morphology, structure, and chemistry in the materials at the elevated when being in contact with molten salt. Candidate will also work with the team to develop new capabilities to study the systems in situ/operando, including X-ray diffraction, spectroscopy, and imaging/tomography. Candidate will also collaborate with the synthesis and theory teams in the EFRC, including scientists from Brookhaven Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Idaho National Lab., to characterize new systems as well as to model the phenomena observed in the experiments. In addition, the candidate will have an opportunity to participate in or assist other related projects, including surface nano-coating for corrosion protection on regular or 3D-printed metals funded by Henkel Corp., and solid-state interfacial dealloying, funded by NSF through CAREER award. For more information please visit:
  • Within the predetermined research scope and methodology, conduct research experiments in the field of materials kinetics and reactions
  • Collect and analyze data, including periodical/literature search and utilizing specialized skills in related field to analyze the collected data.
  • Participate/assist in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentations. Participate in EFRC meetings, discussion and provide reports and presentation on research progress according to EFRC guideline. May also assist in grant writing.
  • Lab maintenance, including equipment setup, maintenance and ordering of supplies as needed; participate in research group discussion, meetings and assist in supervising students.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Special Notes: The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.
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Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the New York Blue IBM BG/L+P supercomputer, owned by Stony Brook and managed by BNL. Stony Brook is a partner in managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, and is the largest institutional scientific user of BNL facilities. As such, many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments can be arranged.

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Official Job Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Job Field: Post Doctoral
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Materials Science and Chemical Engineering-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 9:00 am - 5:00 pmMaterials Science and Chemical Engineering-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Posting Start Date: Sep 11, 2018
Posting End Date: Sep 25, 2018, 11:59:00 PM
Salary: CWE
Salary Grade: E89





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Posted: 9/12/2018
Application Due: 9/26/2018
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